Here is a post from a great blog that I follow. Denise Pass is a worship leader who has some great insights from God to share. Here is one of her posts concerning shame. It is a part of a series that she is doing. Please check out her blog today.
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Lord, the LORD Almighty, may those who hope in you not be disgraced because of me; God of Israel, may those who seek you not be put to shame because of me. Psalm 69:6
Families are often torn apart and shamed by the actions of one person. In some cultures, honor is held at such a high level in the family, that if a child does something wrong, the family will disown the child for life. That child will be considered dead in the eyes of the parents.
There are some cultures that if certain things are done by a family member, it is acceptable to kill that family member because of the extreme disgrace brought onto the family.
Disobedient children in a store often bring shame on the parent, who is attempting to control or calm them down. Parents who are called by the school teacher, are often ashamed of the actions of their child.
David had done some type of great sin right before he had written this psalm. He was asking God that all those who believed in Him, would not be disgraced or shamed because of what he had done wrong. He realized that his sin would reflect on others and have an effect on them.
It is often thought that a person’s own personal sin only affects himself and no one else. The reality is that it can bring disgrace upon other believers. When the world sees one believer sin, then they often apply that sin to the whole community of believers. They try to say that God is not real and all believers are fake.
Along with not trying to disgrace God by sinning, try not to bring disgrace upon the community of believers by your actions. Live your life in a way that will bring honor to other believers, rather than disgrace.
As you live your life for God, it will bring strength and honor to other believers. It will lift them up as they see you living for God.
Will God or other believers be disgraced or ashamed by what you are saying or doing?
Or will God and other believers be honored with how you are living your life?
I pray today that you will live your life for Jesus; that you will bring honor to God; that you will not bring shame to God’s community of believers; and that you will be a shining light for Jesus in this world.
“I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death.” Philippians 1:20
Paul is often see as a very strong man of God. He always appeared as being bold and absolutely sure of himself in Christ Jesus. While he was this way, he also knew that there was also the possibility of not always serving God in the way he should. Yet, he did not focus on the negative possibility, he chose to expect to not be ashamed of Christ in anyway and that Christ would be lifted up through him.
There are many people who believe in Jesus. They go to church every Sunday and read their Bible and pray on a regular basis, yet, will not speak up to a non-Christian friend or a stranger about Jesus. They are often afraid to stand up against sinful acts that are being encouraged and promoted. There are also many Christians who know that they will fail to speak up about Jesus.
The world does not really care if you believe in Jesus. What they do care about is if you try to get someone else to believe in Jesus. When a person starts speaking about Jesus and His being the only way into heaven, the world gets upset and does not like that type of talk.
Your focus should be one that says you will not be ashamed of Jesus, and then to expect things to happen that way. You must know that God will give you the strength and courage needed to be His witness. You must allow Christ Jesus to be exalted, lifted up, honored in your life. This is in your life whether you live or die. If your death will bring about more people to believe in Jesus, you must be willing to allow it to happen according to God’s will.
Who is most important in your life? Yourself? Or God?
God will give you the courage to be His witness, if you will allow Him to do so. Expect and live in the hope of that courage and strength today.
I pray today that you will focus your life on living for Jesus; that you will not be ashamed of Jesus; that Jesus will be exalted in your life; and that God will draw many to Jesus through you.
“Come back to your senses as you ought, and stop sinning; for there are some who are ignorant of God–I say this to your shame.” 1 Corinthians 15:34
Paul had just stated a good argument about life after death. He now tells the people to get back to their senses and to stop sinning. They are to stop ignoring God.
As this passage is read, remember who he is talking to. He is speaking to the people in the church. These are believers, followers of Jesus. These are supposed to be the good, holy people of God, servants of God. This is why it is “to their shame” that he makes this statement.
This sinning is not the accidental sudden slip of a single sin. It is the lifestyle of sin. It is the repeating of a sin over and over again and again.
There are people in the church who refuse to give up certain sins. Often they state that it is just something small, or that it is a part of them that they cannot stop. Others will state that it really does not affect them at all. Sin is sin, regardless of how big or small it is. All sin puts a person in danger of death and separation from God.
Do not ignore God’s Holy Spirit trying to guide you into God’s ways. Be willing to turn from all sin. No one, not even the devil, can force you to sin. Doing a sin is a personal choice that you make.
Paul says get to your senses and just stop sinning. If you come to your senses and realize who God is and what Jesus has done for you, it only makes sense that you would choose to just stop sinning. Refuse to give into your personal evil desires that the devil wants you to do.
If you focus on God and doing things for God, you will not have time to think or do any sin. God will keep you busy with His work for you on this earth.
I pray today that God will guide you by His Holy Spirit in what sins you are doing; that you will keep your eyes on Jesus; that you will seek to do only what God wants you to do; and that you will turn away from all sin and temptation to sin.